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Five Guys Hamburgers vs. Bootsies

I stopped by for lunch the other day. Five Guys is located on Chestnut near 15th St. It is a typical fast food joint, but the hamburger was wonderful! It was cooked fresh, but not to order, all well done, but very juicy. You can have as many toppings as you like for no charge and the roll was also fresh. I was really surprised by the quality and the price. I then tried Bootsie's which just opened on 19th St across from Matyson between Market and Chestnut. They also make their hamburgers fresh, but all toppings are extra and pricey. I had a cheeseburger with carmelized onions and it cost me 8.61 and it was not nearly as good as Five Guys. For that kind of money, I will go to Loie for my hamburger. Qdoba Grille looks like it is getting ready to open. I cant wait!

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  1. Five guys is definitely a good burger and fries too. I don't want to hear the chain bashing on this one. It's one of the best burgers in the city, especially for it's price. I was very happy when I saw they were coming to town. Like pizza, I think there is a lack of good burgers in Philly, but I guess we can't have all the culinary gems.

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    1. re: Tonyjlive

      Lack of good burger in this city? Really? Boy oh boy do I disagree. Have you tried Monk's offerings (trappist burger - goat cheese, lettuce, tomato)? Fantastic. Other notable burgers.....The South Philly Taproom, Union Jacks in Glenside, The standard burger at The Standard Tap. I suspect there are others, but I don't eat burgers exclusively. And BTW chain restaurants should ALWAYS be avioded when there are fantastic local joints to frequent. Five guys may have a stellar burger, but as long as my dollar ultimately ends up in the pocket of some dude in Seattle or Chicago, or Atlanta or Dallas or Dubai or Frankfurt or somewhere else other than our fair greater metro area, I try to avoid. Eating at a chain is like a Philly native rooting for the Cowboys, it's hard to defend (when we have a.....ahem.....perfectly good team to root for here). I say this at the risk of sounding like someone on their high horse.......Oh well, I can take the criticism.

      1. re: G Goo

        Agreed. A little ways down the board is my thread about the desperate search for decent pizza here, but - on the other hand - I think Philly is sort of burger heaven. My very first meal as a Philadelphian was at Monk's at 1a.m. after lugging our belongings up four flights. We picked Monk's almost at random - basically, because it was open - and I was amazed to find myself eating a really brilliant hamburger (the Monk's - leeks and blue cheese). Since then I feel like I've discovered dozens of outstanding hamburgers - spanning many different styles - at places like the Sidecar, Grace Tavern (spotty, but often terrific), the New Wave, and The Dutch Eating Place in the RTM.

        We may be a bit pizza-deprived here in Philly, but burger-wise I think we have an embarrassment of riches.

        1. re: GDSwamp

          I don't think we're exactly pizza-deprived. Just in my neighborhood alone, I have two pizza places I love, Gianfranco and Soho.

          I completely agree, though, that we have an abundance of fabulous burgers--like Good Dog, Society Hill Hotel, Serrano, Black Door (just had their bison burger the other night--oh wow).

        2. re: G Goo

          Thanks for the recc of Union Jack's - walked by several times, and didn't even know they served food! Will try them on our next trip to the Keswick!

          Completely agree about eating at chains - we are so blessed that we don't HAVE to eat at chains here!

          1. re: Patiod

            One warning about Union Jack's; it gets very very smoky. They have a deck out back so you can avoid the smoke, at least in the warmer months. I'd eat there more often if it weren't for the smoke. It's unfortunate b/c they have stellar pub grub. Excellent beer selection also.

            1. re: G Goo

              Their wings are really good too.....

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        1. This place called Uncle Sam's, I guess a chain, open near me. Great bacon cheeseburger on a hogie roll, fries, and soft drink for about seven fifty. Yo, Tonyjive - your other post didn't last long enough for me to get my two line reply down. TeeHee

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